This little book, The Loveliness of Christ, Â is a collection of quotes from the Letters of Samuel Rutherford, the great Scottish preacher (1600-1661). I have a small hardback copy that a dear friend gave me, and my father and mother-in-law reprinted it as a booklet some years back. It is especially helpful to those who need comfort and strength (I think that is all of us), and I give you a few samples here.
“I find it most true, that the greatest temptation out of hell, is to live without temptations; if my waters should stand, they would rot. Faith is the better of the free air, and of the sharp winter storm in its face. Grace withereth without adversity. The devil is but God’s master fencer, to teach us to handle our weapons.”
“Ye will not get leave to steal quietly to heaven, in Christ’s company, without a conflict and a cross.”
“How sweet a thing were it for us to learn to make our burdens light by framing our hearts to the burden, and making our Lord’s will a law.”
“I see grace groweth best in winter.”
“Neither need we fear crosses, or sigh, or be sad for anything that is on this side of heaven, if we have Christ.”